Both magical and mysterious — Poetry
I just watched a movie called Trigger Effect, with Elisabeth Shue, Kyle MacLachlan, and Dermont Mulroney. It was made in 1996 and although I don't remember how it faired in the theater, I remember watching it when it came to video all those years ago. It was one of those movies that has just stuck with me all this time, for no good reason really, it's not a great movie. Yet the memories of this film prompted me to rent it again and so I did, and I watched it tonight.
I tell you this not to talk about the movie itself, but a small gem within the movie, a rather magical poem that's read by Elisabeth Shue in hushed whispered tones. It's a children's poem and according to the credits it's called "Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind", by Gary Ross. But the thing of it is, this poem doesn't really exist. Not in print I mean. I tried researching it and found nothing but postings with people talking about how they can't find it anywhere. There's a peculiar post on the message boards on IMDB.com when you search for Gary Ross. It's a bunch of posts from people asking Gary Ross where this poem is, and it seems, that Gary Ross replied. According to Gary the poem was written by him but never finished. Of course, who knows if that's really Gary Ross posting a reply but really, it's all the information out there on this thing. So, like a crazy person, I went through the movie and hunted down the three sections in which Elisabeth Shue reads the parts of the poem aloud, paper, pen, and pause button at the ready. And so, here it is. Enjoy.
"Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind"
It was a cold bitter wind and it blew and it blew
The wind whistled past lampposts
But this would be no breeze, it's safe to assume
Bartholomew gazed at his glistening town
He'd seen such amazing, mysterious things
But the biggest adventure he knew lay ahead
Man we you want to know something you get obsessed
It's all a part of my plot to take over the world.
Thank you I have searched for this off and on for 10 years.
I had read that post on IMDB by Gary Ross a few years ago as well. If you notice, there is a deleted thread, which happened to be his response on elaborating on the poem. So many people wanted him to complete it, that he obliged by giving several more lines. I was obsessed with this as well!
Today, I found the pages I had printed out years ago, and luckily I kept them, because he deleted that posting! I was actually going back in the hopes that he had written even more.
This poem has since been updated with the more lines here http://www.dollface.net/replies.asp?index=419
News on Gary Ross publishing this poem into a book! Updated post here http://www.dollface.net/replies.asp?index=687
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